I’ll admit it, I quit watching this game after the second period, listening to it in the background. I picked it back up partway through the third, just in time to see Stafford tie it. This game went from an easy win for Buffalo after the first, even if they give up that late goal, to a performance so bad that I don’t even think they deserve the loser point. I mean, Leino, Kassian and Vanek scoring in one period is basically a fan’s dream.
Ryan Miller. He’s got all the eyes on him still, after all the hits he’s taken (a few more last night, including the puck when his helmet came off), and to see 5 goals given up might give you pause. Shitty defense is to blame here, though, and not Miller. Maybe he could’ve saved a goal here or there, but when your D is giving up odd man rushes and breakaways with wild abandon, not to mention passing the puck straight to the Flyers’ best players (Gragnani to Giroux), there’s only so much he could do.
Were there positives? Zack Kassian seems legit, both with the sick passing with Adam on the Leino goal to start things, and his own snipe. Corey Tropp handled Rinaldo (I’m reading that they have a history, have to check that out). The boys sticking up for Ennis and Gerbe was great, I don’t think we have to worry about that anymore. That’s about it, though.
I was impressed with Jaromir Jagr, that was the first time I had really seen him play since coming back.
If there’s one person I’ll feel bad for today, it’s Brendan Shanahan. He’ll be forced to watch swaths of this game to look at the hit on Gerbe and the elbow by Leino, and hopefully whoever hit Ennis in the head. The Sabres host Florida tomorrow, let’s hope they play like the first period for oh, say, the whole game.